At his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s DFB-Pokal match between Bayern Munich and Holstein Kiel, Hansi Flick addressed Monday’s report that the club had already made a decision to move on from Benfica-loanee Tiago Dantas.
Dantas, of course, has not made a first-team appearance as of yet, but his availability was limited in the first half of the season because his loan agreement occurred outside the designated window timeframe, so the 20-year-old could only play for Bayern Munich II.
Sport1 alleged that Dantas had not impressed many as of yet at Säbener Straße, which was why Bayern Munich was reportedly going to return him to Benfica in July.
“That’s not true. Brazzo and I ahave had conversations, (Dantas) is doing his best,” Flick said (as captured by Tz). “I get angry when there’s criticism of players, especially younger ones. There are attempts to create division between the first team and the campus.”
Flick’s addressed Sport1’s report with a head-on approach. Interestingly, the implication that the German media is attempting to drive a wedge in between Flick and the front office was a very shrewd move for Flick. Instead of letting anything linger, the treble-winning manager not only dismissed the rumor, but put forth a showing of solidarity.
Now, that could all be coach speak, of course, but big credit to Flick for taking on a controversial story instead of ignoring it.
For his part, Dantas will continue to try and break into Bayern Munich’s senior-team as long as he remains part of the club.